Left for St Katherines at 8.30 am, half an hour later than planned. The traffic in and out of Cairo was congested compared to yesterday, May Day holiday. We also stopped to take pictures of the Red Sea as we drove alongside it for most of the trip. Unforfuneately, when we got to the turn for St Katherine we were barred from progressing by the checkpoint police. We were not told why the road was closed even though others were given permission to proceed. It turned out that some tourists had been kidnapped by Bedouins, Whig is commonalong that stretch of road. In the end we decidedto travel on to Dahab and find some accommodation there. We did, if you can imagine one double and three single beds in one room, to include accommodation for our driver. We all slept reasonably well especially our driver, a Muslim, who has the call to prayer set on his phone, and he was the only one who slept through two. We are safe, that is the main thing and, although a little disappointed at missing St Katherines Monastery and climbing Mt Sinai, better to be safe. I can’t help wondering whether it might have been us if we hadn’t been held up by traffic and made unscheduled stops.
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